Cited from the Microsoft Learning site: "Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology. MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates your core technical knowledge, and enhances your technical credibility."
Whilst not a prerequisite to the MCSA certifications, they are the first step in your IT training, enabling you to get started in your career. The MTA is an ideal starting point for graduates, IT Apprentices and for people starting their IT profession and entering the IT industry.
Each course is sold seperately.